PAVO Group, based in Turkiye, has pioneered technological innovation for over 20 years, emphasizing global safety, significance, and sustainability in line with top international standards. Spanning four sectors: Defence & Avionics, Security, ICT, and Energy, the group boasts 7 international offices and 10 branches within Turkiye. Their expertise ranges from Secure Communication and UAV technologies to Cyber Security, Cryptography, and Energy solutions.
To get a close look at “Pavo Group” and its latest developments and most important future projects, “Al Jundi” had an interview with Dr. Alper Ozbilen, Chairman of the Board at Pavo Group and conducted the following dialogue:
Talk to us about PAVO Group, its fields of work in general and the defence products that the company offers to its customers
As a global advanced technology provider headquartered in Türkiye for the past two decades, we have consistently upheld our commitment to leading technological innovation. Our unwavering dedication to this principle has driven our operations. We pride ourselves on delivering products and solutions that meet the highest international standards, thereby making significant contributions to global security and providing sustainable energy solutions to customers across the globe. Pavo Group places its core focus on sectors such as defence, avionics, law enforcement, intelligence, information technology, and e-government. Our mission extends beyond the development of products and solutions that ensure resource efficiency. We also strive to offer customers opportunities for sustainable growth while fostering robust partnerships to yield innovative results.
Our domain of expertise encompasses a wide spectrum of critical areas, including secure communication, tactical and strategic intelligence, cybersecurity, data analytics, cryptography, unmanned systems, and avionics. This expertise significantly influences the current standing and future direction of our defence products and solutions within the defence sector.
The defence systems developed by Pavo Group stand out for their capabilities in high-precision targeting, silent high-speed operations, payload handling, and the detection of moving targets under various lighting and weather conditions. Equally noteworthy are our systems’ data collection and analysis capabilities, which enable comprehensive situational awareness and end-to-end comprehension of the battlefield.
Pavo Group directs its efforts towards positioning its defence systems as secure, reliable solutions immune to cyber vulnerabilities, backed by their exceptional situational awareness, tactical decision-making, and predictive analytical capabilities.
How important is the UAE and GCC market to PAVO Group?
In recent years, the UAE and GCC have demonstrated a steadfast commitment to transforming themselves into technology ecosystems and elevating their technological capabilities and skills through robust policies. I consider these efforts to be of utmost importance in shaping the future of Pavo Group. The vision set forth by the UAE leadership aligns exceptionally well with Pavo Group’s mission and vision, emphasizing innovation-focused capacity building. I have witnessed the highly rational and determined execution of the UAE’s policies aimed at becoming a centre for scientific and technological advancements.
The UAE, renowned for its culture of innovation, facilitation of processes for innovative actors, groundbreaking support for entrepreneurs, and adherence to strong business principles, has made meaningful contributions to the international trade and collaboration environment. With its economic strength and stability, the UAE provides the necessary conditions for research and development investments. Creating a conducive environment for innovation is of paramount importance for Pavo Group, which values new ideas and capabilities. The trust and confidence that the UAE has instilled in us encourage us to invest in technologies proudly bearing the “made in UAE” label and position the UAE as a crucial hub in our global growth strategy.
Pavo Group plans to establish a long-term and comprehensive presence within the UAE, aligning its strategies and priorities seamlessly with the country’s vision.
What is PAVO Group investment in the UAE and who do you primarily work with?
Based in Abu Dhabi, our foremost focus has been on establishing business development, pre-sales, and post-sales support teams. We have initiated the process of transferring our R&D capabilities to be ‘made in UAE.’ Through collaborations with representatives from both the public and private sectors, as well as universities in the UAE, we aim to further increase the number of our R&D projects in the country.
With each passing day, we are strengthening our ties in the UAE and Gulf Region through evolving partnerships, and we are committed to contributing to the technological advancement of the region, forming sustainable partnerships, and strengthening mutual connectivity through sustainable and co-developable technologies.
We have initiated projects in the UAE specifically related to electro-optics and military autonomous systems. We plan to increase our investments in the UAE to transform our expertise in artificial intelligence and data analytics into qualified solutions in target identification and tracking, autonomous systems, electronic warfare, and tactical and strategic planning.
As operations planning, execution, and results analysis increasingly rely on data, ensuring the reliability of critical infrastructure becomes a prerequisite for harnessing the advantages promised by modern technologies. In line with this, we have begun investing in providing globally competent cybersecurity solutions, services, and products in the field of real-time threat detection, threat analysis, and damage mitigation to enhance cybersecurity in the UAE. I expect our cybersecurity activities in the UAE to intensify in the coming period.
What are your most important defence projects for the next stage?
Through the power of knowledge and technical expertise in various domains, Pavo Group’s solutions in the defence sector stand out for their ability to take swift action.
In this context, the new phase of defence industry projects will be crafted based on the expert project management approach of our esteemed specialists, directing them to the right points.
In this vein, we are focusing on projects aimed at enhancing intelligence, reconnaissance, and electronic warfare capabilities under hybrid and conventional warfare conditions.
In line with our commitment to leverage the latest technology, we are developing projects to offer critical capabilities such as advanced cryptography, artificial intelligence, and electro-optics to enhance global security and meet the evolving needs of our clients.
What are your future plans in the sector of defence?
Our main priority in our activities within the defence sector remains to offer products and solutions that enable our partners to maintain their edge in the global competition.
With established collaborations with numerous robust partners worldwide, we fill certain gaps in products and capabilities under the assurance of Pavo Group. We aspire to further expand these partnerships, aiming to offer comprehensive end-to-end solutions.
Addressing the growing complex needs, I’d like to assert with strong confidence, based on the current analyses of our R&D activities in Türkiye, the UAE, and our other locations: We will persistently expand our product portfolio with quality products and solutions. Partners who align with us during this phase will have a game-changing advantage in the global defence competition.
What are Pavo Group’s objectives?
At Pavo Group, we adopt a commitment-based partnership approach to enhance trust among teams and maximize project success. Within this framework, we uphold fundamental principles that contribute to deep collaboration, mutual commitment, risk management, motivation, and optimal resource utilization.
Through our commitment-based approach, we aim to embrace the advanced technologies that we have acquired.
Furthermore, Pavo Group’s long-term objectives involve robust investments in technologies such as cryptography and artificial intelligence to shape the future in the following key areas: target identification and tracking, autonomous systems, electronic warfare, equipment maintenance, tactical and strategic planning, military training simulations, logistics and supply chain management, cybersecurity, and secure communications.
The Gulf region’s market is currently witnessing intense competition, What makes PAVO Group’s products attractive to customers?
The Gulf Region, with its robust policies and stability, is a hub of attraction for numerous technology providers worldwide. Naturally, this situation also means that competition within the region reaches a notably high level.
Starting its operations as a start-up in Türkiye, Pavo Group has successfully evolved into a global player even under intense competitive conditions. Thus, we at Pavo Group, view competition as a catalyst for success.
We have faith in our field-proven, consistently reliable, innovative, and globally standardized products, solutions, and services that boast superior capabilities.
At Pavo Group, we engage in collaborations on a global scale, spanning from ‘know-why’ to ‘know-how’, from personnel training programs to technology transfers. We possess a structure rooted in open architecture, which allows for scalable innovation.
Contrary to companies that perceive innovation merely as a part of marketing, we are genuinely invested in developing cutting-edge technologies and capabilities.
We started operations in the Gulf Region aware of the intense competition, I believe that several Western companies might face challenges unless they grasp the innovative approach offered by Pavo Group.●
Interviewed by: « ALJUNDI »